Archival silences: Missing, Lost and, Uncreated Archives


: Theorising the silencesSilences only exist when researchers in the archives notice themAbsence of evidence is not evidence of absenceThe ending of silences does not always resolve issuesThe marginalised are not the only ones to suffer from silencesSilencing has been part of government’s policies for millenniaThe textuality of archives can hide their meaningThe real silence of the archiveConclusionNotesBibliographyWebsites: What are silences?: The Australian exampleCook and indigenous AustraliansStorytellers’ archives – silenced by definitionControlling the convict recordThe inevitable limits of Australia’s First World War recordPatrick White’ self-silencing and the fruits of disobedienceThe silencing reality of established arrangementsA silencing detention systemConclusionNotesBibliography: Silent contemporary records: Access to the archive of the Special Investigation Commission in Iceland, 2010–2019The backgroundA small nation on a large islandBig ambitionsFacing national bankruptcyThe Emergency Act October 2008 and the fall of the banksThe Pots and Pans RevolutionThe Special Investigation Commission (SIC) and its findingsFindings – what was the truth?Too rapid growthNegligence by politicians, bankers and auditorsLack of record managementThe archive of the commissionOrganizing the archiveA new role for the National ArchivesOutsourced legal consultingAccess to official informationInquires and requests of access to the SIC archiveLaws and rules on access to the SIC archiveThe nature of the inquiries to the SIC archiveThe nature of the answers of the NAIHandling a request on accessWho wants access?Private personsResearchersJournalistsProsecutorsInsurance companiesThe Governmental Information CommitteeVerdicts of the Governmental Information CommitteeCourt casesConclusionsNotesBibliographySources on the internetThe archive of the National Archives of Iceland (NAI)Printed: Noises in the archives: Acknowledging the present yet silenced presence in Caribbean archival memoryNoises in the blood: an allegory of a societyDocumenting RastafariArchival records on RastafariNeed for Rastafari voicesConclusionNotesBibliographyWebsitesBooks and articles: Silenced and unsilenced memories: Archival fonds of Brazil’s political police, 1964–1985IntroductionBrazilian dictatorship in the Latin American contextRights reparation policy and archivesTruth commissions and archivesFinal remarksNotesBibliography: Uncovering archival silences through photographs and listening: Envisioning archives as a democratic spaceMarcos regime and its silencesListening to the silences through photographsArchives as a democratic space for the futureNotesBibliography: Silences in Malawi’s archivesIntroductionThe African Lakes CorporationRecords destroyed by termites and fireRecords destroyed by cycloneLoss of records at district officesLoss of records at Native Authority levelState creation of silences in the archivesExportation and destruction of archivesProhibition of access to the archiveInstitutional challengesConclusionNotesBibliographyCentral African Archives: Perceived silence in the Turkish archives: From the Ottoman Empire to modern republicIntroductionThe newly founded Ottoman state: War, fires and floodsFrom state to empire: Centralisation, historical actors and reformRecordkeeping practices and legal frameworkAccess to Turkish public recordsConclusionNotesBibliographyOther sources: Silenced archives and archived voices: Archival resources for a history of post-independence IndiaNotesBibliographyWebsitesBooks and articles: The voices of children and adolescents in the archivesPunishment in primary schools 1829–1906Officials’ assessment of children as witnessesMistreatment of school children during 16 yearsReluctance to recognise abuseThe voice of an angry motherViolence against children in the heyday of the nuclear family, 1945–1960Contacting the policeOverlooked victims? The positions of children in cases of domestic disputeChildren as victimsChildren as informantsChildren as participantsChildren as shadow agentsPolice discretionConclusionNotesBibliographyBooks and articlesWebsources: Diaries and silenceSilences from without: The problem of institutional and professionally imposed silencesSilences within diariesPersonal and introspectiveRegular and frequentHonesty and franknessSecrecy and privacySelf-writing and interpretation as an ‘exercise’NotesBibliography: Filling the gapsIntroductionThe paradox of tyrannyExploring other resourcesCritical readingRebel and rogue archivesRebel archivesRogue archivesWhat can archives do?Be bolderBe more unrulyConclusionNotesBibliographyWebsitesAfterword: Tales from the sometimes ‘silent’ archivesNotesBibliographyPrinted WorksManuscripts